Data Science Program Lead

Date: Nov 6, 2022

Location: Hybrid, PR

At Popular, we offer a wide variety of services and financial solutions to serve our communities in Puerto Rico, United States & Virgin Islands. As employees, we are dedicated to making our customers dreams come true by offering financial solutions in each stage of their life. Our extensive trajectory demonstrates the resiliency and determination of our employees to innovate, reach for the right solutions and strongly support the communities we serve; this is why we value their diverse skills, experiences and backgrounds.


Are you ready for a rewarding career?

Over 8,000 people in Puerto Rico, United States and Virgin Islands work at Popular.

Come and join our community!

General Description

Lead the Data Science Development Program, Coaching our Data Science Associates and, Modeling complex business problems to create innovative solutions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Lead the program Life Cycle:

  • Define the program and projects and obtaining agreement from stakeholders.
  • Define program scope and developing the program, and all activities that occur within the program.
  • Perform work necessary to achieve the program’s objectives and deliver the program’s benefits.
  • Monitor progress, updating program plans as required, managing change and risk
  • Finalize all program activities, including all constituent projects, participants transition plan and reporting of results.
  • Lead the definition, realization, and sustaining the benefits provided by Programs. 
  • Manage the annual budget to support development plan, as well as the associated spending forecast on a monthly basis.
  • Manage end to end Procurement process to ensure Master Service Agreements and Statements of Work are appropriately sign-off, maintained, tracked and invoices are paid on time.
  • Research and capturing of stakeholder needs and expectations, gaining and maintaining stakeholder support, and mitigating/channeling feedback.  
  • Establish processes and procedures for maintaining proactive program management oversight and decision-making support throughout the entire program life cycle.
  • Maintain detailed audit proof performance dashboards and reporting on the talent programs and participants results.


Individualized Coaching:

  • As a trainee coach, provide individual support to participants development and performance during the application of the concepts in real business scenario.  
  • Foster a continuous learning environment among current and former trainees.  


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Minimum Education

Master's Degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Engineering, Mathematics or Statistics.


Five (5) years in Data Science and Analytics.  Experience with statistical modeling and data analysis techniques, platforms, and software (e.g. R, Python, SPSS).


Business Excellence
Collaboration & Teamwork
Self Development
Building Effective Teams (L)
Accountability (L)
Analytical Discipline (L)
Change Agent (L)
Character (L)
Customer Centric (L)
Developing People (L)
Strategic Thinking (L)

Additional Information

The information provided here is only a general guide as to the nature of the position and does not constitute an exact description of the goals, tasks, duties, and responsibilities of the position. The specific details of each position are described in the employee’s performance evaluation.

Important: The candidate must provide evidence of academic preparation or courses related to the job posting, if necessary.


Popular requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of work. We will require you to provide a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. (1)

(1)  In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ±

       2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

       2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine


Popular may provide vaccination exemptions for medical or pregnancy reasons, or due to a sincerely held religious belief or practice, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship to Popular or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others. If you wish to request a vaccination exemption or have a disability and need assistance with the application process, please contact us at This email inbox is monitored for such types of requests only. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed exemptions or reasonable accommodations. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.


As Puerto Rico’s leading financial institution, we reaffirm our commitment to always offer essential financial services and solutions for our customers, including during emergency situations and/or natural disasters. Popular’s employees are considered essential workers, whose role is critical in the continuity of these important services even under such circumstances. By applying to this position, you acknowledge that Popular may require your services during and immediately after any such events.




Popular is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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